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University of Otago Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated By : KOMAL YADAV

University of Otago is the first university of New Zealand. It was founded in 1969 and has completed 50 years in 2019. 18,840 full- time students were enrolled in the university in 2018. There are 5 campuses located in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Invercargill. More than 200 programs are offered by the university.

  1. The university offers both undergraduate as well as postgraduate programs.
  2. International students are required to send their English proficiency test scores.
  3. International students must keep track of their visa applications and complete the visa process in time.


Application PortalUniversity Online Portal
Application FeeNone
Application Deadline for International StudentsOctober 31
Intake SessionsSemester wise
Financial AidScholarships
Work ExperienceRequired for some courses

University of Otago International Admission

2,915 international students from over 100 countries were enrolled in the university in 2018 out of which 1,819 were undergraduate students and 1,096 were postgraduate students.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • Official transcripts of all the educational institutions attended previously.
  • ECE report.
  • Financial statement and recent bank statement.
  • Proof of identity
  • Resume
  • Research proposal is required for research programs.
  • There are various specific departmental requirements as well which include submission of a portfolio and interviews.

English Proficiency Requirements for International Students

All the international applicants not having English as their first language or a degree from an institute where the primary language is English are required to prove English proficiency by submitting one of the scores tabulated below.

TestMinimum Score Required – UndergraduateMinimum Score Required – Postgraduate
TOEFL- iBT8095
TOEFL- PBT550587

Visa Process for International Students

After being granted admission to the university, the international students will be required to apply for a student visa. The students can apply online or through the paper application to the Immigration New Zealand.

Requirements for Visa Application:

  1. NZ$310 has to be paid as the processing fee
  2. Offer letter from the college.
  3. Passport.
  4. photographs
  5. Proof of financial support.
  6. Academic certificates or transcripts

University of Otago Undergraduate Admission

University of Otago offers a number of undergraduate courses in different fields. The basic requirements for all the courses is the same. However, there are some specific requirements which differ with the course as well.

Where to Apply: University Online Portal

Application Fee: None

Admission Requirements: 

  1. Secondary school qualification or High school diploma or equivalent
  2. Transcripts of all academic institutions attended previously.
  3. Letters of Recommendation
  4. International students need to prove English language proficiency by submitting their English Language Proficiency Test scores.
  5. ECE report.
  6. A letter of intent, portfolio or resume may be required for certain specific courses.
  7. Some programs also consider interviewing candidates before admitting them.

University of Otago Postgraduate Admission

University of Otago offers post graduate research programs in a number of fields like Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. Each course has specific admission requirements. However, the basic requirements for admission are the same for both the courses.

Where to Apply: University Online Portal

Application Fee: None

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject
  2. Resume
CourseAcademic Requirements

GMAT score or passing marks in Otago Admissions Test;
At least 3 years of professional experience Interview

Masters of Arts (Coursework)Research proposal
Master of Law (LLM)UG Degree in Law

The university has a diverse student base. There are several additional requirements for international students along with the general requirements which are the same as the domestic applicants. The International students are advised to contact the University’s International Office in case of any query.

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